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: on health care, there could be a cool obama compromise. even on the hot button public option but on afghanistan, the middle is a muddle. it's either fight the taliban with all we've got or clear out. making his mark. when the debate ends, will the health care fight mark a new american direction in social policy? will his call in afghanistan be a trumpet blast or a fog horn? the change of seasons. last november, the country bought the chase for change. we were the change we've been waiting for but this november, some say they're still waiting. can the obama white house ever be as good as his campaign? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. katty kay covers washington for the british broadcasting corporation. howard fineman is senior washington correspondent at "newsweek." mary jordan covers politics at "the washington post." and mark whitaker is washington bureau chief for nbc news. first up, for president obama, this autumn may well the story of his first year and perhaps of his entire term. coming straight at a critical turning point from the two standout issues before the
of sentist democrats. president obama is pushing for health care reform at a time of great draket skittishness. this week the republican leadership was playing on hose worries. >> this bill is the greatest threat to freedom that i have seen in the 19 years i've been here in washington. chris: some of the moderate democrats certainly follow elections and they remember august town meetings. here's what louisiana democrat mary landrieu heard in her town hall. >> in this bill, h.r.-3200 and others similar tomato, it takes away our freedom. this is not about health care. this is about growing -- [applause] >> there is an appropriate time for appropriate government rules and regulations. audience: boo! chris: and no doubt democrat klara mccaskill, a sentist from move hasn't forgotten about the same kind of defiance at her hometown in sthrulls. -- st. louis. >> you don't trust snow chris: what's worrying the moderates right now is the loss of the independent voter. independents were the backbone of obama's sweep last year. in the recent nbc news poll, the overall support for obama was 52
care and they blame the president for a lousy economy. so what is obama to do to keep his big coalition? does he leave his left on the war and health and side in the middle? how does he keep things together when things have changed? how does he dance with the ones that brought him if they're different dances? losing face, bowing to the emperor, getting his speech jammed in china, trying terrorists in new york. is barack obama showing the kind of weakness that gets dreams? trouble? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. norah o'donnell is the chief correspondent for msnbc. anne kornblut, joe klein and david ignatius. first up president obama is facing three crushing difficulties, health care, the economy, and afghanistan. he is down to about 50% approval in the polls. that's completely due to his loss of independent voters. they have left him in droves. so for a president in need of support, what is the smart political move with independents on those three biggest issues? first let's take health care. since april, the president has lost independent voters on the key part of his agenda
: obama's war. he didn't start it but he's got to finish it. how do we go in strong enough to win but agree we're going to leave? a constant war? what's it like for this president knowing he's destined to command two wars that will bleed one into the future? can he lead a domestic fight to push our country forward? with the daily news of soldiers dying? and finally, two running for number two? hillary has been more hawkish on the war, tougher on pakistan, warmer on israel and pushed back running for governor in 2010, what about v.p. in 2012. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. anne kornblut covers the white house for "the washington post." andrea mitchell is chief foreign affairs correspondent for nbc news and david i go flashese is a "washington post" -- david ignatius is a "washington post" columnist. is the president prepared to take fire from the left and right flanks at home? his decision has been months in the making and the president told nbc news he plans to make his announcement clear. >> i'm confident at the end of this process i will be able to present to the a
that the family fun atmosphere will not change due to a casino that could be built there. >> president obama is focusing on economic and security issues with the meeting with the chinese president in beijing this morning. >> from his are rival to his ceremony inside, it was a welcome for president obama. every detail was preset fee for a series of meetings between some of the most influential leaders. >> the american people are interested in stronger relations with the people of china. >> obama pledged tighter budget and in the u.s.. >> a strategy where america saves more and spend less, reduces long-term debt and where china makes the adjustment across a broad range of policies. >> encouraging china to take a tougher line on iran and north korea. on climate change, he was trying to get them agreed to clean energy initiatives. >> barack obama is not going to get much out of china. they want to know what is in it for me. barack obama is not offering very much. >> what a magnificent place to visit. >> he toured the city, the heart of china's government. a-and the president honor. he is not com
wars and the promise to change washington. what has mr. obama accomplished? joining us, new york times' columnist, david brooks, washington post columnist, e.j. dionne, msnbc's rachel maddow and ed gillespie. >>> and our "meet the press minute," 20 years ago the berlin wall is torn down. tom brokaw is the only journalist from a major news organization to broadcast those world changing events live. today he joins us from the very spot where the wall once stood. >>> but first, 13 dead and more than 30 injured after army psychiatrist major nadal kasan. investigators have concluded that the shooting rampage was not part of a terrorist plot. here this morning to talk about how this tragedy is affecting our troops, we are joined by the chief of staff, general george casey. general, welcome to "meet the press." i want to express my condolences for the fallen troops and their families this morning. >> thank you very much. >> i want to ask you about the investigation, though i know you can't say very much. the key piece "the new york times" is reporting this morning was major hasin acting alone
goodbye to aaron thomas nimelka, who is planning to deploy to iraq in january. president obama is in singapore tonight. it is his first asian tour since taking office. he is attending an important economic summit with the message that even in these tough times, america means business. our reporter has details from washington. >> in singapore at the asia- pacific economic cooperation summit, president obama joined other world leaders in dressing up in local guard at a kickoff dinner. he posed for the obligatory flash photo. he and hillary clinton are in asia to face daunting challenges from the global economy and trade to the nuclear threat posed by north korea and iran. president obama kicked off his nine-day tour with a stop in japan, where the leader declared himself america's first pacific president. >> the united states looks to strengthen alliances and build new partnerships with the nations of this region. >> he met with the royal family of japan and reached out to top business leaders, promising a new era of cooperation. after a stop in china, he is going to south korea.
. virginia and new jersey could both turn red today. both states voted obama last year, but today their democrats for governor are struggling. new jersey's jon corzine is trying to hold on to his seat and tap the nearly 1/2 million new voters there who backed obama. he's neck and neck with republican chris christy. in virginia, bob mcdonald came from behind and had a double digit lead. democrats are walking a tight rope, trying to win obama supporters but distance himself. >> i'm my own guy. >> president obama campaigned for both democrats, but analysts say washington backlash could work against him. >> anti-tax, anti-big government message is the winning message for republicans in the obama era. >> reporter: democrats caught a break when the republican dropped out and endorsed the democrat against the conservative. and on maine's ballot deciding whether to roll back the same sex marriage law. and washington is watching these races very closely. in fact, the white house attributes voter frustration to the tens of millions of people out there, dan, who can't find a job. >> all righ
the couple interacted with president obama or india's prime minister, who was guest of honor. there was no threat of danger to the president, because the couple went through the same metal security checkpoints as other guests. >>> well, nbc news has learned new details ahead of president obama's upcoming announcement on the u.s.-led strategy in afghanistan. officials say the president has, in fact, come to a final decision on a number of additional troops that will be september to the country. until yesterday, aides said the president was still weighing his options. the military expects the number of added forces to come in around 30,000. as the president seeks to sell his strategy to a skeptical public, the white house says the u.s. will not be in afghanistan eight years from now. >>> for millions of americans, thanksgiving means a few simple things, family, food, and a famous parade. today marks the 83rd annual macy's thanksgiving day parade where music, marching and some giant balloons are getting ready to take off. nbc's michelle franzen joins us live in manhattan for a s
wednesday, president obama has held nine major meetings on the matter. while he has tossed and turned over the war, at least that decision is up to him alone. not so health care. democrats are caught in the great civil war on how to end that battle. nancy pelosi found a three-vote margin to pass the bill out of the house. there is no clear way to the 60 votes they need in the senate. all these months and no clear path to obama's prime goal for the year. mike, that's the question. how is he doing it? >> you get out the old recipe for passing unprecedented legislation, prayer, good luck charms, a visitation by bill clinton this week to rally the troops and old fashioned political muscle applied inside the democratic party to get this thing passed. it's a hard lift. lots of tests to come. the plan now is to get it through the senate by christmas so they can conference it possibly by state of the union. chris: did the president make a mistake by letting the congress over all these months, you do it, i'll cheerlead. was that a mistake? >> you look back at the summer and he lost six weeks over t
after all. the details straight ahead. >> head of state intourist. president obama in beijing today. that story coming up. >> a sarah palin is promoting her new book. we want to know what you think if she is using this book as a prelude to a presidential run. that is our watercooler question of the day. >> 11 news starts right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> good morning. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> it will get a little cooler the next couple of days, but it is not bad weather. we will chop down into the 50's today. let's take a look at the current conditions under partly cloudy skies. 50 degrees at the maryland science center the average height is 56. a couple degrees above normal. a bit of a change from yesterday however. us see what is happening in the traffic department. >> we have one problem coming in. a southbound on the j.f.x.. the accident is creating a bit of a delay on the beltway. we have to rhineland's closed. you may want to take an alternate road. it i
>> in washington, a year ago today, america voted barack obama as president. a year later, a possible setback for the president. >> time to start planning for the weekend. the forecast as to 11 news today continues right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> good morning. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we would get to other big stories in just a moment. thus check the forecast with tony pann. >> [unintelligible] it is called this morning, but i think it will be a very nice weekend. sunrise is the best time of the day when it is crisp and clear like that. beautiful shot there. it is crisp but cold and clear. he may have to scrape some frost off your windshield. 33 at the airport. shooting for a high of a 55. it should stay dry near baltimore. there may be summer rain showers late this afternoon. we will look at the forecast for the weekend when we come back in a few minutes. let's say good morning to sarah. >> that was a beautiful shot. here is what we are dealing wi
could both turner read today. both states a bloated obama last year. -- could both turner r red tape. both states voted obama last year. in virginia, the republican came from behind and has a double- digit lead. the democrat is walking a tightrope trying to win obama supporters but also distancing himself. president obama campaigned for both democrats. washington-lac -- washington backlash could work against them. in upstate new york, and republican dropped out and endorsed the democrat against the conservative candidate. and maine is trying to determine if they should roll back the same sex law. washington is watching these races very closely. voter frustration is attributed to the millions of people who cannot find a job. wbal-tv. >> a first of its kind program begins in maryland today keeping an eye on maryland practitioners and how often they wash their hands. the program will place secret shoppers in hospitals to make sure practitioners' practice proper hygiene. that brings us to our watercooler question of the day. what do you think of a program that monitors doctor's hand hygi
and they even got one republican on board and now president obama is vowing to finish the job and soon. >>> the fallen. the u.s. military releases the names of all 13 victims of the shooting rampage at ft. hood. today we'll talk with the family of a soldier whose story is touching so many. >>> you go, girl. >> this is unbelievable! >> she outraced all of the boys in an incredible come from behind win and is now in the running for horse of the year. "today," sunday, november 8th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. big news overnight, democrats in congress needed 218 votes to pass their $1.2 trillion version of health care reform and they got it. >> they got it. this is not over yet. they got the votes plus a little extra. it all came from a tough fight in which members of the house on both sides of the debate pulled out all of the stops. one republican congressman bringing a baby on the house floor to make his point. we'll bring you the latest on the historic vote
have been made. president obama faces a milestone this week, the first anniversary of his election. though comes as the economy is showing signs of >> americans all around the country continue to ask the question, where are the jobs? >> republicans are saying the obama administration is not creating or saving the jobs. >> most of the jobs that are created or government jobs. >> the treasury secretary predicts a shocking recovery. >> this is a very tough economy. it is going to take some time for unemployment to come down and for jobs to get created again. >> he says the stimulus spending is just starting to show results. he says it is far too early as to whether government spending will be needed more. the president does not want to break one of his key campaign promises and raise taxes on the middle class. in washington, wbal-tv. >> u.s. senator ben cardin is also weighing in on the economy. he told our correspondent what he says is the real signs of recovery. >> it starts with consumer confidence. people wanting to go to a restaurant or buy a new car or home. it starts with havin for details. >>> dropping out. a dramatic day in afghanistan raising questions about president obama's next move. >>> back on the trail. the first big political test of the president in two key states. >>> new clues. what really happened inside the house of horrors in cleland. tonight, we're learning more. >>> and running down a dream. and making history today at the >>> and running down a dream. and making history today at the new york city marathon. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the obama administration, which has been engaged in deep soul-searching over the military mission in afghanistan, is embracing a controversial decision that leaving karzai as that nation's president. as expected today the man who opposed karzai for the job in a flawed and disputed election dropped out of the runoff contest. a development that moves the obama administration one step closer to a decision on whether to commit more american troops to a war that grows more difficult by the day. nbc's chief foreign course dents richard engel starts us off tonight with the late
through. i think the obama administration understands it's politically untenable to have this thing die on the vine, because then they're incapable of getting any legislation through. you'll see whatever compromises are necessary to get some kind of health care package through. the larger question, what else are we thinking about? what's the context in which health care reform is occurring? and there's a tremendous of other economic issues, the most notable, what you began, unemployment, which we don't have the political will to address today. what you hope doesn't happen, all the political concern gets drained out on health care. the. >> one of the real economy issues was taxes. glen, upper instrumental in designing the bush tax cuts in 2003, set to expire now in 2011. a lot of people feel that if we were to see these tax cuts expire, that's going to pressure an already fragile recovery. what are your thoughts on higher taxes next year? >> well, there's two sense in which the higher taxes would hurt the recovery. one would be higher taxes on entrepreneurs, small business owners, higher
>>> this morning on "early today," decision time. president obama plansz to announce a strategy to, quote, finish the job in afghanistan. >>> mad rush. americans brace for one of the busiest travel times of the year. >>> great escape. a louisiana prisoner strolls out of jail after a guard leaves the a louisiana prisoner strolls out of jail after a guard leaves the doors unlocked. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today >>> hello and good morning. i'm christina brown. today we begin with making his case. early next week, president obama is expected to announce his strategy for the u.s.-led war in afghanistan. although details are not yet public, the president is reinforcing a principal point. more than eight years into the war he intends to, quote, finish the job. after a series of top-level meetings, the president is said to be supporting a plan that over time would deploy 32,000 to 35,000 additional u.s. forces to the country. despite dwindling public support for the war, the president says he is confident americans will rally behind the new strategy. >>> wel
obama's political lot. >> a lot of the attention is focused on virginia, which is now considered a swing state, and on new jersey, where a republican may or may not unseat a democrat in the governor's race. president obama has worked hard to keep virginia and new jersey in the democratic column. the outcome of gubernatorial races in those states may be a reflection on the president. >> if he spots virginia and new jersey, he is fine. but if he loses both of them, that could slow down his momentum for his agenda. >> for the next governor of the commonwealth of virginia. >> in virginia, the president campaigned and helped raise money for creeds. >> i just felt that mcdonald's is too conservative. >> but polls show that voters were leaning toward mcdonald. >> i think he would have lower taxes. >> president obama also spent time campaigning for the new jersey democratic gov. jon corzine who is fighting to hold onto his seat. and lost their would be viewed as a suspect for the democratic -- a loss there would be viewed as a setback for the democratic party. [unintelligible] >> i will let peop
think of president obama's first year in office. >> virginia and new jersey could turn red today. both states voted obama last year. today there democrat for governor are struggling. >> are you fired up? jon corzine is trying to hold onto his seat. he is neck and neck with the republican chris cristi. >> are you already? >> in virginia bob mcdonnell came from behind to get a double-digit lead. deeds is walking a tightrope trying to win obama supporters but distance himself. >> i am i on gumy own guy. >> anti-tax, anti the government's message is a winning message for republicans in the obama era. >> in upstate new york, a democrat got a break when a republican dropped out and endorsed a democrat against a conservative candidate. also, there's a controversial question on many ballots today, whether to roll back the same- sex marriage law. make no mistake, washington is watching these races very closely. in fact, the white house attributes voter frustration this year to the fact that tens of thousands of people still cannot find a job. traci potts reporting from capitol hill. >> the afgh
. president obama's trip to china, why that country is increasingly more important to america. and why they may not be listening quite as closely to tuesday as they used to. safe at home. playing ball with joe torre. he'll talk about his foundation, his success and a little bit of baseball. the "wall street journal report" begins right now. >>> here's a look at what's making news. the american consumer may be in slightly better shape than many experts thought. retail sales for the month of october were release this week and sthoed an increase of 1.4%, nearly double what economists were looking for. that's important because consumers make up about 70% of the u.s. economy. the data helped push the markets up to a 13 month high on monday. they nudged higher again on tuesday but fell mid-week on weak economic data. there was mixed news on the inflation front. the producer price index which measure wholesale prices rose more slowly than expected. on the consumer price index which measures retail inflation came i slightly higher than expected because of rising energy prices. investment banki
. >> a stunning display of disagreement within the obama administration. the ambassador to afghanistan has come out against the deployment of a lot more than just troops. the conflict is complicating the president's decision on how many troops to send. >> the revelation came as president obama left on a trip to asia where he will continue to consider how many u.s. troops to send it to afghanistan. he is now getting conflicting advice from the general that retired and was picked by obama to be the u.s. ambassador to kabul, expressing his reservations about sending more forces. that is at odds with the current u.s. commander that once at least 40,000 more troops, general mcchrystal. it has been complicated about the disagreement. >> this is what makes the president's job very difficult. >> the u.s. ambassador fears that president karzai is to corrupt. a former deputy agrees. >> we do not want our young men and women dying to support a corrupt government. >> president karzai did not help his case, saying -- new developments that could affect president obama's decision on how many more u.s. troops
reflect how people are feeling about president obama and the democrats now that they're in power or not. they could just be election results. the big race is tonight in new jersey and virginia, and there are others. we begin tonight with one of those political types. he happens to be our nbc news political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd. hey, chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. well, look, today's election day is the first one on president obama's watch. and while there's always a danger, as you said of reading too much into these local elections, the greater danger for both political parties will be reading too little. voters went to the polls today in a handful of states, and even though president obama wasn't on the ballot, his presence was felt. democrats faced tough odds in virginia, where creigh deeds clings to a hope obama will energize voters. >> that's what we need to do in this race. that's what creigh deeds is committed to. >> reporter: republican bob mcdonell has focused not on the president but on taxes and jobs and a campaign tar
. a critical day for president obama in china. >>> high and dry. here in arizona, the all-out effort to preserve something very precious and scarce. >>> attention shoppers, are you being duped? a new warning about deception on the web that can cost you. >>> and tonight's "making a difference" report. a game is teaching young men to tackle tough times on and off the field. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening tonight from phoenix. a generation of american women has grown up believing that turning 40 means getting your first mammogram. suddenly yesterday we all learned that recommendation jumps ahead ten years to the age of 50. and a change that big, that sudden, isn't being taken lightly. women are surprised, they're angry, their skeptical. some are scared they're going to miss something. it's serious business having to do with the number two cancer killer of women in this country. and because no two women are alike, because no two stories are alike, and because so many of us have lost someone in our lives to breast cancer, this has
york. >>> banking on china. president obama's first visit. tonight a new dynamic with the biggest holder of american debt. >>> page by page. sarah palin's new book and questions about what really happened behind the scenes on the campaign trail. >>> and something to croon about. he left his heart in san francisco, but tony bennett is making a difference back in the old neighborhood, in queens. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we have learned tonight a u.s. government task force is shopping for potential locations here in the united states to house terror suspects from guantanamo bay. illinois officials said today a prison there is among those being considered to house detainees once gitmo is closed, likely sometime next year. all this comes just days after the obama administration announced it would try 9/11 suspects at a federal court here in new york. and that decision sparked a new round of outrage today, from among others the man who was mayor of new york at the time of the attacks. we have two reports starting with nbc's jeff rossen. >> reporter
be an ominous development for the-year-old obama administration. republicans were elected governor last night in two important states. but other than preferring both candidates to the democrats were voters across the country last night trying to say something else? there is evidence of an angry electorate out there. and we begin here tonight with our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. hey, chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, in the days leading up to this election the white house tried to downplay its significance. but when the results came in, the white house suddenly responded quickly, as if to say message received. more than any other issue the economy was what was in front of voters' minds yesterday. >> thank you. >> reporter: 85% of virginia voters and 90% of new jersey voters said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy. it's what propelled republicans bob mcdonnell and chris christie to their victories in both states. >> everybody is worried about the economy. of course they are. we're in the worst econ
. >> the obama administration makes a controversial announcement about the 9/11 terrorist suspects. >> college basketball tips off tonight. >> the storm off of the carolina doctor banks will play a role in our weekend weather, but we also might get a peak of the sunshine. relatively mild in baltimore right now. the winds are diminishing out of the north. here is a look at what is coming up on tonight's "jay leno" show. > >> the president of the university of maryland baltimore county has been named one of the best college presidents in the united states. he has spent much of his 17-year tenure -- jim smith says his passion and vision made the university a premier institution of higher learning. >> there has been a controversial announcement from the obama administration. khalid sheikh mohammed is the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and will be tried in new york. >> attorney general eric holder said he would not have made this decision if he was not absolutely confident that all five suspects would be convicted and likely face the death penalty. more than eight years after the se
's got to be more to it than that... i'll never doubt you again. >> this week, president obama is expected to announce a plan to send more troops to afghanistan, a strategy that is expected to be a tough sell and that will have a big cost. we have that story from washington. >> how many more americans are heading to afghanistan? president obama makes his long- awaited announcement on tuesday, but some are suggesting he will send more than 30,000 with in the next 1.5 years, 9000 beginning in february. >> it did not work previously. you need to put in every but you can as quickly as you can and deliver a knockout punch quickly to the enemy. >> some are not convinced the president is doing enough. democrats are afraid that afghanistan will become the next iraq. >> the key here is an afghan surge, not an american surge. >> they want to tax the wealthy to pay for the war, an extra $1 million per troup, per year. david obey of wisconsin wants to tax everyone but the troops -- an extra $1 million per troup. -- troop. >> we have to see what this costs us on education and on our efforts
change. >> president obama could be nearing a decision on afghanistan. this could be his last strategy session. our bureau reporter has more on when we could expect an announcement. >> according to the white house press secretary, his new afghanistan strategy could be announced within days. president obama may be making a decision about the afghan war. >> the american people want the president to take the time to get the decision right rather than make a hasty decision. >> following months of deliberation, he has been considering a number of troop options. one has requested 40,000 forces. a middle option ranges around 20,000 could be more likely. >> it is not just how we get people there but what is the strategy for getting them out. >> administration officials say the generals could testify before congress as early as next week. the president will have to convince allies. he is hosting a visit with the prime minister of india who is an important part of that region. >> [unintelligible] >> president obama and the prime minister are expected to talk more about cooperation on counterterr
to afghanistan in july. he is survived by his wife, parents, and sisters. president obama says he will release his strategy for afghanistan. he says it will seriously confronted al qaeda and its allies. >> last night, historic tradition as the state dinner came to life. obama hosted the prime minister of india. hollywood and people from world affairs were there. >> when these nations realize the trends and achievements, cheers. please be seated. >> the president was asked about strategy in afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> sources say the president will add 30,000 troops to the war zone. he will ask nato allies to send 10,000 more. it would give the general what he wants. republicans demanded it. concerns coming in about cost. democrats propose a war tax to pay for it. they are concerned about whether it would work. a decorated iraq veteran quit his post over strategy. >> if we have more troops, the taliban is not. to come to the table for nicklas haƏtian until we start to withdraw. >> obama will let out his plan next week. a hearing some more funding will occur here. i
about the weather, which is typical for autumn, i guess you could say, coming up. >> president obama faces the first anniversary of his election. he is bracing for more bad news as the latest jobs report hinted this week. 11 news reporter brian mooar has the latest project economy report from washington. >> one year ago this week, barack obama was elected president in a nation tumbling into financial abyss. he argued without the stimulus, the economy could be much worse. >> it is easy to forget that only a few weeks ago, the economy was shrinking, and economists fiers a depression. >> the report was recently that the economy grow over 3% -- and economists afeard a depression -- feared a depression. the unemployment is at 9.8%, and it could top 10 percent said this week with the latest jobs report -- it could top 10% this week. >> where are the jobs? >> republicans are scoffing at the claims by the democrats and the president of jobs being saved or created. treasury secretary timothy geithner predicts a choppy recovery. >> this is a very tough economy. it has only been three months of
election of president barack obama one year ago, republicans scored big wins last night in two key states that the president carried. virginia and new jersey. our washington bureau reporter has the latest results. >> after a neck-and-neck race, republican chris christy pulled out the winner in new jersey. -- win new jersey. >> this is about the future of the state we love, new jersey. >> his victorious despite his competitor that campaign with the president several times. another win. >> my promise to you as governor is at the same as my promise to you as a candidate for the position. >> just because we did not get the right result tonight is not mean we can get home and unwind. we have to keep working. >> democrat picked up new york for a win. there was a contentious special election. >> we sent the message loud and clear, it put aside partisanship and declared we are ready to move forward not backward. >> last night's results prove to voters are paying attention to the administration, but the white house says it does not think it provide any insight into what will happen in next year's
." >> the stakes are monumental for president obama. >> we have an obligation to create a better health-care system that works for our people, businesses, and government alike. >> he leans on lawmakers' in person on friday to try to close the deal for democrats. the house plan gets a powerful endorsement from the aarp. their plan would expand coverage at the expense of medicare. nbc news. >> 38 degrees -- attorneys for the convicted sniper make a last attempt to spare his life. >> in new details of the discovery of more bodies inside of a convicted rapist home. what they have in common and how they hope to link the suspect two other unsolved crimes. >> here is a live look at traffic. volume is picking up on the ring ring ring ring progresso. hi. we love your weight watchers endorsed soups but my husband looks the way he did 20 years ago. well that's great. you haven't seen him... my other can is ringing. progresso. hey can you tell my wife to relax and enjoy the view? (announcer) progresso. you gotta taste this soup. to start losing essential nutrients? not long. in fact, green beans lose... half t
shooting rampage at fort hood are being remembered today. president obama will travel to texas to remember them. the investigation revealed new details about the suspects. nikole killion has more on that. >> president obama will speak at a memorial today. she will meet with families and wounded troops. at fort hood, president obama is pledging a full investigation in the tragic shooting. >> we are going to complete this investigation and take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that something like this never happens again. >> did the government missed warning signs? the fbi has opened an internal review to see if they mishandled information gathered about nidal hasan last year. a radical group praised him as a hero for his attack. some of the 9/11 hijackers and nidal hasan were shipped at a mosque. >> he practiced the islamic faith, would offer no justification for his son aa and cowardly act of violence. >> investigators say there is no evidence that he was directed to carry out the rampage. the fbi does not believe he was part of a terrorist plot. >> i cannot tell you what we were
side of the aisle which was more confusing to my friends, hanging out with the obama administration or hanging out with sharpton. >>> with us this morning, education secretary arne duncan, former democratic presidential candidate reverend al sharpton, and former house speaker newt gingrich. >>> in the "meet the press minute," as president obama lands in china this morning we look back to 1976 when george h.w. bush tries to explain a controversial chinese invitation extended to an impeached richard nixon. >> we can argue and there's plenty of room for opinion and i have my own personal opinion which i don't plan to divulge to you about how i feel about it, but i'm telling you how the chinese feel about it. >>> but first secretary of state hillary clinton is traveling in asia with president obama. i spoke to her hours ago from singapore. secretary clinton, welcome back to "meet the press." >> it's great to talk with you from singapore, david. thank you. >> let me begin by something that's very controversial back home, as you well know, the decision by the attorney general to transfer
>>> this morning on "early today," nuclear punishment. president obama wraps up his asia tour with tough talk of sanctions against iran and in north korea. >>> rogue run-in. crowds flock to former governor's sarah palin first book sign sfwloingsigning. governor's sarah palin first book sign sfwloingsigning. >>> and blinding by the light. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm list theen that brown. today we begin with a spotlight on security. president obama stopped in south korea and turned his attention to trade and threats of nuclear proliferation. from north korea's atomic testing to iran's defines, president obama offered tough talk on the issues. chuck todd is traveling with the president and has the latest from the south korean capital. chuck? >> reporter: good morning from s seoul. this was easily the warmest welcome he received of any during this seven-day swing. the south koreans literally rolled out the red carpet. they discussed a couple of topics, namely, trade, as well as the north korean nuclear mission. president obama ann
with the architect of the obama campaign. an inside look at how he reached the white house and nearly one year after the election he has fulfilled his promises. with us, author of "the audacity to win." cam payne manager david plouffe. >>> but first, the treasury secretary timmy geithner, welcome back to "meet the press." >> good to be here. >> good economic news. the economy grew a little in the third quarter has people thinking things are better yet the market on friday dropped pretty sharply. does wall street think the recession is over? >> i think it is a good number. it was -- the growth was broad-based. it was investment, exports, consumption, housing for the first time, and it shows that just five months after the president came into office we got growth restarted, but it is just the beginning and we have a ways to go. unemployment is high and still rising. this is a very tough economy, still, for a huge numbers of american businesses, so we have a ways to go, david. >> do you think the recession is over? >> that's the judge the economists will make and they won't know until years from now, b
, jen. president obama is expected to announce a plan to send up to 35,000 more american troops to afghanistan. the strategy is expected to be a tough sell. critics wonder how the president will justify the enormous cost. 11 news reporter brian mooar has that story from washington. >> how many more american troops are headed to afghanistan? president obama makes his long-awaited announcement on tuesday. but early leaks are suggesting he'll send more than 30,000 within the next year and a half, 9,000 beginning in february. >> that's reminiscent of vietnam, that slow escalation. it didn't work there. you need to put in everybody you can, as quickly as you can, and deliver a knockout punch to the enemy. >> republicans aren't convinced the president is doing enough. democrats are afraid afghanistan will become the next iraq. >> the key here is an afghan surge not an american surge. >> senator carl levin of michigan is one of a number of democrats who want to tax the wealth dwroi pay for the war. estimated costs of an extra million per troop per year. a democratic congressman of wisc
or new jersey. >> the news was a disappointment for democrats. in a state where president obama won just last year and campaigned with democrats creigh deeds is an election cycle -- this election cycle, it is republican bob mcdonnell that will be the next governor. >> tonight's great victories a clear sign that we, the people, are fed up with the obama,'s, mccain agenda. -- the obama pelosi kaine agenda. >> i do not believe that the elections in virginia and new jersey portend a lot about the legislative success or political success in the future. i just do not. >> political success was a definite struggle for the president's fellow democrat. in the usual democratic stronghold of new jersey, incumbent john corzine fell to a republican chris christie. a drop out this weekend after a major split between gop conservatives and moderates. bill owens could be the first democrat elected to that congressional districts since the 1800's it began over -- if he can overcome the conservative candidates. with the polls now closed, it seems this been will begin. -- the span will begin. >> there are co
>>> this morning on "early today," east meets west. president obama continues his asia trip with a historic visit to china. >>> more harm than good. millions could be affected by new concerns over two popular cholesterol drugs. >>> and sky high. a 95-year-old woman celebrates her birthday with a death-defying leap. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. >>> today we begin with a delicate diplomatic two-step. president obama is working his way through asia to strengthen american ties in that region, particularly with china. now, that's a country that the united states has new complicated, almost unprecedented economic ties. nevertheless, opening his first visit to that country, the president politely but firmly pressed for greater freedoms there, including unsensored access to the internet. nbc chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he joins frus shanghai this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you put it really well saying it was a polite lit
the latest. >> as president obama continues his asian tour, more discussions on capitol hill. officials including vice president joe biden and tom care bill. he has enough to start debate though cautiously optimistic. >> we will come up with a bill that we feel comfortable with and give to the american people. >> they are meeting with senate democrats to discuss the biey ae democrats to discuss the bill which could be unveiled as early as today. it includes several changes, such as a new proposal for long-term insurance program to assist the elderly and disabled. many gop are opposed. >> the public is saying that they do not want any more bills that are 2000 pages. >> the vote could come as early as this friday. in washington, nikole killion, wbal-tv. coming up, the mornings financial news in a bloomberg business report. >> which new cars are the safest on the road? we will bring you the results of a new report in the consumer alert. >> the ravens give their place- kicker the boot. >> he did not want to give your car the boot. what is in store for the first snowfall of the season. we ar
"meet the press minute," this morning president obama lands in china. back in 1976, then cia director and former u.s. envoy to china george h.w. bush appears on this program to try to explain china's controversial invitation to a former president and impeached richard nixon on only "meet the press." we have at least half a dozen relationships, 50 percent of my time is spent outside our company, collaborating with other companies, finding the next cure for the most serious diseases. the global opportunity is a fantastic one. we're able to reach audiences, connect with them in their local cultures and take our brands around the world. nyse euronext. powering the exchanging world. we need a new grid. more than half the energy never reaches a single light bulb. is that true? it's true. we need a smarter grid... smarter thermostats... smarter utility meters... smarter houses... [doorbell rings] smarter cities... smarter infrastructure... smarter networks. connect them all together... and what do you got? smarter energy grid. smarter planet... wasting less energy. that's what i'm working on
of deliberations in the sheila dixon trial. >> in washington, president obama plans to lay out his new strategy in afghanistan. that story coming up. >> what kind of weather can we expect as we make our way around the state and country around the holiday? the forecast as 11 news today continues right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> good morning. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> let's get a check on our forecast. an important weather forecast today because a lot of people are traveling. >> i would check ahead to see if there are any flight delays at the airport. any of the local airports, you should check them. upper 50's which is not bad for this time of year. we will make it up to 55. a chance we may have that light rain or drizzle throughout the morning. speaking of the roads, we will send it over to sarah to see which she has to say. >> it is the busiest travel day of the year. we anticipate problems out there. an accident on 895. all lanes are closed on the ramp. use caution ther
the highest inflation rate in the country. >>> we learned today president obama will travel next month to copenhagen for a u.n. conference to address one of the biggest issues face the planet, global warming. until today there were doubts about whether the president would attend this meeting. now, as our chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson reports tonight, the president will not only go, he'll make a new promise on behalf of this country. >> reporter: as scientists insist time is running out to combat global warming, news that president obama will attend next month's climate talks revived hopes that copenhagen would produce more than political hot air. >> i think it's terrific that the president is going to copenhagen. it signals to the world that he is serious and the united states is serious about taking a step toward a final binding agreement. >> reporter: in copenhagen the president will propose the united states cut its greenhouse gas emissions in a range of 17% by 2020. >> from the environmental perspective it's not quite enough to get to where we need to be,
. >>> and house party. the obamas have a little dinner planned, and it's the social event of the season. >>> also tonight, working on a dream along highway 50 with tom brokaw. nbc n"nbc nightly news" begins . captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt. brian williams is back tomorrow. president obama says next week he will announce a strategy to, in his worz, finish the job in afghanistan. what began eight years ago as a conventional were to deny al qaeda sanctuary in afghanistan has devolved into a bloody hit and run guerrilla conflict, without a well-defined end game and a growing cost of american lives. the president is expected to lay out his new goals for the war in his new speech next tuesday and it is widely believed he will commit thousands of additional troops to the fight as part of a broad plan to defeat the insurgency. we have the story recovered with reports from washington to kabul. we begin with nbc's savannah guthrie at the white house. savannah? >> reporter: good evening, lester. this is the most important national security decision the presid
something back. and that works for me. >>> good morning. coming soon, president obama will make an announcement on whether he will send more u.s. troops to afghanistan within days. this after a late-night meeting with top advisers. >>> consumer alert. a record number of cribs recalled for a danger they could pose to children. but could millions more not recalled be just as dangerous? this morning, important information for all parents. >>> and the hottest ticket in town. the obamas host their first white house state dinner tonight. so, who's on the invite list? well, we'll tell you today, tuesday, november 24th, 2009. ptions paid for nbc-universal levision >>> and wco to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. >>> this morning, white house press secretary robert gibbs tells nbc news president obama now has all the information he wants and needs to revise this nation'sfghan strategy, and that's following a rigorous final meeting with his war council. >> that's right. it was the ninth time obama has sat down with his top aids since september, b
board as president obama looks for new options when it comes to sending troops into afghanistan. >> a daredevil sky diver set a world record and then moments later he was dead. >> the tide is expected to be well above normal. a live report is just ahead. >> ms out of there. that could translate into major problems on the roadway. problems on the roadway. we but no drink? no chips? and no chance to win madden nfl 10? man, that's roughing the wallet. now this is the total package. two pieces of kentucky grilled chicken, a side, biscuit, and a madden nfl cup. you catch all that? you know i did. colonel -- i'm a fan. still think a $5 sub is a great deal? get the $5 madden nfl box. choose from 6 kfc favorites... with a side and a madden nfl cup. now i'm a full back. unthink... and taste the unsub side of kfc. >> 45 degrees in the downtown area. >> a nasty morning. it began as a tropical storm and now it is in no easter. >> it is causing concern in low- lying areas. sander joins us with more on that. >> i am here and the western side of the bay where eight flood watch is up. the tide
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